This was a triumph.
I’m making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS
It’s hard to overstate my satisfaction.
One hundred and fifteen days ago, I emerged from the ether to declare my candidacy for Santa Clarita City Council. I had no idea if my voice would even be heard among the crowded field, much less if my message would resonate. It became evident fairly quickly that I was on the right path.
I thoroughly enjoyed speaking to my fellow Santa Claritians, not only hearing their concerns but getting to know many of them on a personal level. The support was overwhelming. As election day drew near, many people sent messages about voting for me, and wishing me luck. That was amazing, unexpected, and heartwarming.
The people closest to me can attest that I am not easily intimidated, nor am I one to be nervous. They’ll also tell you that I enjoy being in over my head. Putting yourself out there by seeking elected office was definitely intimidating and nerve-wracking for me. And I was definitely in over my head. I loved every second of it.
The luncheon sponsored by VIA was my very first public speaking engagement ever. As I was leaving the event, many attendees stopped me to give me words of encouragement, and wish me luck. I gained confidence in my message and my voice, with each persons encouragement at all the events I attended. I think it was pretty obvious I wasn’t a politician, which I’m sure is a refreshing change of pace.
I learned many lessons along the way, and I’ve learned a great deal about Brett Haddock the candidate. This experience has been fulfilling, heartwarming, and reinforced my already strong resolve; my desire to work to make the world a little bit better.
I wish I could personally thank every single one of the 2,520 people that voted for me. It has encouraged me to keep going.
To Von Hougo, thank you for inspiring me to take the plunge. You demonstrated that a non-politician could get their voice & message of honesty, integrity, transparency, and accountability out there and be heard among the hyperbolic rhetoric typically found in campaigns.
To my fellow Santa Claritians who took a moment to give me words of encouragement, or constructive criticism, thank you.
To TimBen Boydston and Alan Ferdman, thank you for being great sources of enlightenment, and taking the time to talk to a fellow candidate.
To my friends/extended family, constantly egging me on to take the plunge to be a force of good evidently works, thank you.
To my ridiculously awesome brother Travis, thank you for helping over-engineer stands and help me put up signs all over town.
To my wonderful girlfriend Brittany, thank you for the support of my shenanigans, both past and future, and being a constant source of laughter.
To my parents, thank you for being the solid foundation, the source of relentless enthusiasm, fervent advocacy, and boundless support that gives me the confidence to undertake these endeavors.
And to everyone else, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for everything you’ve done that I haven’t enumerated here.
There’s a million things I haven’t done, just you wait, just you wait
I’m just getting started . . .